Here’s a description of what Pete Single did to Wiley Clapp Colt Commander #1000
Custom Work performed on Serial # 1000WCA
Genuine ‘NOVAK’ LoMount sights with 14 KT Gold Bead
The front sight blade is ramped forward and serrated 50 LPI to reduce glare and “pinned” to prevent movement under recoil. Rear sight notch cut .160 wide for fast front blade pick-up. Top of the slide is serrated 30 LPI around the top radius contour of the slide.
Genuine Burly Maple Grips, design by Wiley Clapp
Stunning custom hand made maple grips: Courtesy of Altamont Company. Grip screws, lathe-spun and polished.
USA Shooting Team
Logo engraving and slide polishing: by BARON Technology’s of Connecticut.
Precision Metal Checkering by Pete Single
Frontstrap checkered 25 lines per inch. Trigger guard radius is relieved for the highest possible hold, allowing the pistol to sit low in the hand for improved point ability and recoil control.
DLC Coating, from ION BOND Inc.
Tungsten DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) is an extremely thin, ultra-hard coating that is used widely in industry for high wear-resistance on gears, cutting tools, and injection molds. DLC is applied through a Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) process and is characterized by the creation of a metal vapor that can be reacted with different gases to form a thin film coating. DLC coating lends itself very well to the firearms industry for many reasons: it is charcoal black, ultra-thin, high wear-resistant (hard as man-made diamond); and it is applied at low temperatures that will not affect the temper of the steel.
COLT National Match Barrel
The barrel is precisely fit to the slide with no excessive movement when locked into battery, final chamber dimensions are finish-cut by hand to the optimum size for reliable function and accuracy, the chamber mouth is carefully throated and polished for reliable feeding, the barrel tube is gently tapered to the muzzle to prevent binding during cycling.
Match Grade Barrel Bushing
The slide bore is honed so it is concentric and free of tool marks. The barrel bushing is precisely fit to the slide for a precision “slip fit” so no bushing wrench is needed for removal. The keyway in the slide is relieved so the key is only snug when in the locked into battery position and permits easy removal. Custom recessed barrel crown, cut flush with the barrel bushing.
Light Weight Beavertail Grip Safety
The grip safety is a metal injection molded model and is hollowed internally for the lightest possible weight. It is contoured for the highest possible grip, and mates with the matching “hi-cut” frontstrap/trigger guard cut allowing the pistol to sit low and level in the hand for less muzzle flip and better recoil control. The internal safety tab is modified so the grip safety can be easy removed and assembled without removal of the mainspring housing. The memory pad is serrated at 22 1/2 LPI.
Custom Mainspring Housing
The mainspring housing is machined from gun-barrel quality stainless steel. It is made oversize to fit the frame recess perfectly. Extra material is left on the mainspring housing so the frame web can be removed and the mag-well can be fully beveled back to the mainspring-housing pin. This gives the largest mag-well opening possible for smooth magazine insertions.
Checkered 25 LPI and serrated at the heel. The heel of the mainspring housing & frame is generously rounded for snag-free concealed carry. Excess material has been milled from non-critical areas to reduce weight.
Tool Steel Light Weight Hammer & Sear Set
The trigger pull weight is set at 4 1/2 pounds with smooth and even trigger travel. The trigger shoe is medium length, solid aluminum and hard coat anodized. Hammer hooks are cut to maximum height to ensure positive secure engagement. Care is taken to ensure the sear engages evenly on each hammer hook. Maximum spring tension is applied to the sear for positive safe function. Hammer and sear pins are ground for cylindrical uniformity.
Original WW1-Style Thumb Safety
Ball detents and spring tension is set for smooth, positive ON/OFF click engagement. The thumb safety is fit and adjusted so there is no over travel of the safety when pressing downwards in the “OFF” position.
Front and Rear Cocking Serrations
Classic Colt Gold Cup-style cocking serrations, the leading edges of the slide flats are neatly beveled where they enter the serration to eliminate excessive holster wear.
Custom-made Tool Steel Feed Ramp Insert
This is the heart of the receiver; made from tool steel and heat-treated to increase wear resistance. A setscrew under the slide stop and high strength ‘Loctite’ retains the insert. The ramp is correctly angled and set deep into the receiver for reliable feeding of hollow-point ammunition.